8 top amusement parks near Ottawa
Families love visiting Ottawa for so many reasons. Canada’s capital is known for national museums, galleries and cultural centres of the highest calibre, gorgeous green spaces and great Canadian foodie favourites like Beavertails and Poutine.
In addition, you’ll find super fun amusement parks and entertainment venues designed to get you moving, teach new skills and most importantly, have a blast together.
Thanks to Gloswsport the excitement of roller skating, laser tag, and Nerf gun fights have been augmented to a new level of fun: they glow in the dark! UV and neon lights transform a typical adventure park into a totally new experience. Whether you want to play a game of glow-in-the-dark dodgeball with your friends or hunt them down in the glowing “barracks” during a Nerf fight, you won’t run out of neon activities at this exciting entertainment centre.
And it’s not just for kids, either — parents are invited to join in, or adults are invited to take a glowing exercise class. Activities range from the athletic to the artistic, with glowing paint and crafts available. The sky’s the limit to demonstrate your glowing artistry and athletic abilities.
On a hot summer day, there’s no better place to beat the heat and have the ultimate family adventure than Calypso Theme Waterpark. Canada’s largest theme park has 35 slides and two themed rivers and over 100 water games to explore.
From age-appropriate, kid-friendly play areas, state of the are waterslides to wave pools that produce the largest waves in the country, there are enough activities to keep everyone from young toddlers to older thrill-seekers engaged and entertained. There are also plenty of spots on the premise to grab good food to eat and enough thirst-quenching drinks to enjoy while basking poolside or lounging in a private cabana.
Location: 2015 Calypso St, Limoges, 30 minutes drive east of downtown Ottawa
This extensive amusement park is filled with games, rides and activities that will keep kids excited and entertained for days. Whether you have young ones who want to try their hand at bumper cars or older kids who want to climb the rock wall, Funhaven has it all. Great food and drinks, like artisanal pizzas and craft beers, will keep parents happy too.
Location: 1050 Baxter Road, Ottawa
Saunders Farm is on 40 hectares of land just 30 minutes drive south of downtown, in the community of Munster. Year-round programming is available for the kids to enjoy. During the summer months, you can cool down at the splash pad, take a hayride around the farm, enjoy the rustic farm scenery and gardens and find the perfect spot to have a picnic. Forgot your picnic basket? There’s plenty of food to buy at the Farmer’s Table cafe featuring fresh ingredients directly from the farm. There’s also a pirate ship on the property the kids will want to check out. During harvest season, in addition to purchasing farm-fresh produce, explore the twelve mazes on the farm.
Location: 7893 Bleeks Road, Ottawa
Known for its production of delicious maple syrup products, there are a lot of kid-approved adventures at Ferme Proulx Farm. Maple syrup season is always a treat at the farm and the berry farm provides pick-your-own strawberries, raspberries and blueberries during the summer. Take a hayride through the “Mysterious Forest”, visit the animals at the petting zoo and climb, slide and swing on the giant playground. Be sure to visit the pancake house to try the pancakes topped with mouthwatering maple syrup from the farm.
Location: 1865 O’Toole Road, Cumberland, just over 20 minutes drive from downtown Ottawa
Kids can dress up in their favourite pirate outfit at this theatrical water adventure on the Rideau River. While aboard the 13 metre ship, the entire family can enjoy an engaging hour adventure cruise filled with pirate-themed activities led by a friendly crew. Kids will look for sunken treasure, fire water cannons and enjoy various other swashbuckling drama that they’ll be talking about for days to come. Check online for the event schedule.
Location: 588 Hog’s Back Road, Ottawa
Relieve stress and have fun at Smash Room Ottawa, a totally unique way to be entertained. Hook your phone up to the speakers, walk into a room filled with smashable items, and wield your hammer to do as much damage as you can. Smash Room provides protective equipment for you and your friends, so you don’t have to worry about the flying debris when you destroy that old computer. Pick your ‘weapon’ and choose from a variety of packages to smash. The best part? Smash Room takes care of all the cleanup for you. Kids over 12 are welcome.
Location: 889 Lady Ellen Place, Carlington, Ottawa
For families who love to stay active, Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park is the perfect Ottawa amusement park. With 1900 square metres of trampolines, ropes courses and playgrounds, there is no shortage of fun to be had at Flying Squirrel. Embody the flying squirrel as you jump from trampoline to trampoline or make like a monkey and climb your way around a ropes course.
The playground and ropes course are designed for kids under 12, but the climbing walls are open to all ages. There’s also a toddler zone, so your very little ones can get in on the action. Although you may consider eating after jumping on the trampolines, The Drey Restaurant inside the facility offers custom pizzas, chips as well as healthy snacks.
Location: 1901 Cyrville Road, Ottawa
Last updated: October 12, 2023